Oh hum hum. I have one million and three things on my mind this week. Which makes blogging difficult, makes working difficult, and generally makes anything other than slumming it on the couch all day difficult. But here I am, winging it, as per usual.

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Like, I’m ready for soup weather. Really ready. Broccoli cheddar, chicken noodle, tortilla, creamy wild rice, all the soups. But it’s four hundred and seven degrees outside. AND THAT’S TOO HOT FOR SOUP. It’s upsetting, primarily because summers in Texas are quite literally never ending. Until mid February, when the entire God-forsaken state ices over. Maybe I have some pent up anger towards my home state, okay?

I’m planning on writing a post re: being married to a firefighter, as some of you have suggested/requested. And while I have no problem rambling on about my marriage to a city-employed kitten rescuer for 500 words, is there anything in particular you people would like to know?

It’s hard to Instagram creatively when you spend your days at home. Like, I can only Instagram my morning cup of coffee and a pictures of Max so many times before it gets repetitive. So sorry my Instagram sucks lately. 

When it comes to decorating my house, I feel like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. All the walls, I repeat, all the walls are bare. But the problem is, decorating your house is expensive. Even if you use your weekly 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon, IT’S STILL EXPENSIVE. It would cost me hundreds of dollars to decorate every wall in this house! HUNDREDS. And then how would we eat?! And don’t you dare suggest that I hop on Pinterest and DIY something. Because I hate doing it myself. Hate it. I honestly believe that there is nothing worse than doing something yourself. But I don’t want to pay someone else to do it for me so…rock, meet hard place. Please send wall decor and new throw pillows because mine smell like dog.

After last week, I was SO ready to go for the lob. It was happening. I was convinced. But then as I picked up the phone to call the salon I was paralyzed by fear because what if my new short hair makes my face look all chubby and round? Or what if I can’t master the perfect wave??? These are legitimate fears. 

That was exhausting. I need a nap. 

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat 

 

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  • Molly H

    Okay but honestly who the hell decided that it was acceptable to charge $50 for a THROW PILLOW?! It’s absurd. I so want cute throw pillows but every time I pick one up and look at the price tag I just throw it across the aisle and walk away. I feel your pain.ReplyCancel

  • Okay but you CAN make the perfect wave. I believe in you. And also YES WHY IS HOME DECOR SO PRICEY. Make it stop, universe. Make it stop.ReplyCancel

  • Toi

    Home decor is stupid. I need new curtains. Have you priced those? It varies between an arm and a leg and a vital organ. Makes me want to throw aluminum foil on the windows and just let the neighbors assume we make meth.ReplyCancel

  • I so feel you on the soup weather… in Houston and it is DISGUSTINGLY hot. I don’t want to turn my oven on, I don’t want to grill, I don’t even want to boil water because it will make it even more unbearable. So I’m eating pudding for lunch and that sounds like a win for me.ReplyCancel

  • I’m presently dying in the Dallas heat wave. I’m not a fan. There’s nothing on my walls either… so I won’t judge. Keep instagramming Max… because what’s not to love about that pup?! Being married to a firefighter…. hmmm…. how many version of a big hose joke have you heard? (I can’t keep it classy. It’s hot and I’m grumpy.)ReplyCancel

  • Screw the walls I’m worried about the real meat, the furniture! Seriously I think about this all the time, I can barely furnish our 1 bedroom apartment! My husbands always talking about when we buy a house someday, and all I can picture is our one couch, one chair, one dresser from my high school bedroom, the plastic bins from college, the kitchen table with 2/4 chairs missing and gum left under it from my little brothers…and all the rooms empty lol. When we do eventually buy a house we’re going to have to get a second loan for real furniture lol! It’s expensive shit. Really though, the walls are the worst. Right now I have like 4 picture frames hung staggeredly that make no sense and are too small for the wall. I am so bad at it.

    Ok that was long. bye!ReplyCancel

  • Randi

    You kill me – you’re humor it’s seriously the best. “So….rock, meet hard place” Lol. Although I feel you on the home decorating front. One suggestion I do have is look for warehouse stores that have discontinued or “damaged” items. That’s how my hubby and I furnished our home. Fridg, 2 couches, and 2 ottomans for $2400…I call that a steal. Ok firefighter – my husband graduates next week! I’m excited but also terrified! Whose going to kill the spiders?! Whose going to fix the broken toilet?! Also shift work – 24 hrs is a VERY long time for me to be wondering if he’s safe. Then 2 days home while I’m at the office working (read slaving away) I’m just lost so any and all advice would be wonderful! You’re the best!ReplyCancel

  • Ugh I had a similar dilemma when I went for a haircut this week. I was about get my first noticeable haircut in two years when I panicked and realized that I get my hair cut at the cheapest bargain salon in the mall and that is probably not the best place to get a life altering haircut. Also, I can’t curl or wave or whatever my hair so I should probably just keep it long and straight like I have for the past 28 years.

    I feel you with the weather, it’s supposed to be winter right now and I could be wearing shorts outside- over it.ReplyCancel

Humpdayyyyyyyyyyyy. The day right smack in the middle of the work week where you’re part “MEH” and part “YES.”

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It’s a strange place to be, Wednesday.

To round out the mehyes-ness, I thought today we could chit chat about food.

Food?

Yes, food.

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Some time ago, I considered myself to be quite the little meal planner. (Picture me, some months ago, smugly patting myself on the back.) To be fair, I’m still all about the planning. It’s the follow through that has me a strugglin’. And even though I always have the very best of intentions, when 7 o’clock rolls around…and the chicken has yet to be thawed…we run into problems. And just to be clear, when I say problems, what I mean is two raging hangry adults. Things get ugly, fast.

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But I’m rolling back into organization station, and stocking the fridge with actual food products (in lieu of string cheese and beer) and I thought maybe, just maybe, it was worthy of a post.

I said MAYBE, okay?

What We’re Eating | Week of 7/20

Monday – Night Out at Oliver’s

Monday was a girl’s night! Taylor was out of town for a few days, and I firmly believe that it’s downright wasteful to cook for a single person when there are things such as drive-thrus and frozen pizzas in our midst. Luckily for me, my date for the evening suggested something even better – dinner at Oliver’s

I ordered the Mango Strawberry Chicken Salad with grilled chicken, mandarin oranges, red onions, cucumbers, strawberries, roasted walnuts and feta cheese over field greens with mango vinaigrette. And oh my crap y’all – it was good. And like so healthy. Which is exactly what I told myself an hour later as I shoveled popcorn and M&M’s into my mouth in the privacy of a dark dark movie theater.

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Tuesday – The Pioneer Woman’s Cobb Salad

Every week as I’m haphazardly throwing together a meal plan and grocery list, I always ask Taylor, “Any requests this week?” His usual answer is a grunt (interpreted as a no) but this week he requested a salad. His exact words? “A real good salad.”

DONE and DONE. I’m such a sucker for a classic cobb salad, and this one is loaded with delicious, man-pleasing ingredients (read: bacon). It was a snap to throw together and a hit all around.

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Wednesday – Grilled Pineapple Chicken Foil Packets

I was beyond thrilled when Tiffany over at Creme de la Crumb posted this easy peasy recipe. Besides the mouth watering teriyaki, pineapple-y goodness, the very best part is that I already have all the ingredients on hand. 

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Thursday – Two Timin’ Pasta Bake

Carbs. Carbs! Gimme all the carbs! Creamy, cheesy, tomato-y pasta for.the.wine. Did I say wine?? I mean WIN, of course. Served along side a salad of some sort and broccoli if I’m feeling especially healthy.

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Friday – Night Out!

Always. Does anyone cook on the weekends? Just the overachievers you say? Good. Glad we’re on the same page.

Snacks

I always wonder if people sit around their houses eating dry cereal (a la me) or if they’re more creative with their snacking endeavors. So I figured we could chat favorite snacks of the week too.

First up – Wheat thins with creamy queso fresco chipotle Laughing Cow and dried cranberries. 

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Something about the teeny tiny hint of chipotle with the sweet taste of cranberry and the salty crunch of wheat thins is like flavor fireworks in my mouth. DON’T KNOCK IT TILL YOU TRY IT.

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Next up, carrots and hummus. This one is particularly blah, but BUT, I’m really just bragging that I was able to snag the garlic Sabra because my grocery store is ALWAYS out.  Ignore the whole “Family Size” thing too. It’s abundantly clear they really meant single serving.

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And that’s it. Essentially. I may or may not have also picked up some Pop-Tarts, and I’m hiding them from Taylor because I don’t share and because SUGAR IS REALLY GOOD Y’ALL.

It’s not gourmet or even original, but I’m a normal, food-loving, gluttonous American and this is what I’m eating lately. What are your favorite go-to meals or snacks as of late?

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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So I was supposed to blog about my summer capsule wardrobe today. BUT. Then I had an impromptu Monday Funday girl’s night that kept me out until the wee hours of the morning (READ: Midnight) so I scrapped that (to be rescheduled, fret not) and I’m instead telling you about my Monday.

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Once I’d finished up with work, I met my dear friend and running buddy Jen for a downtown evening showing of Trainwreck. Except that everyone in the entire city had the same idea, so we bumped our 8pm movie plans back an hour to avoid having to sit in the front row, and opted for dinner at Oliver’s while we waited. 

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Their mango strawberry chicken salad was the absolute bomb and coincidentally was the only thing that sounded good in light of the 100 degree temps. 

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After dinner we walked back to the movie theater, grabbed our popcorn and M&M’s and headed to our RECLINING CHAIRS. 

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THEY RECLINE PEOPLE. They’re electric reclining chairs! Sure they’re red and (for whatever reason) remind me of the Playboy Mansion, but damn if they aren’t comfortable.

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Now let’s talk about Trainwreck. Y’all. Instant favorite. And dare I say, instant classic? It was phenomenal. I didn’t stop laughing the entire time. And I want to go see it again. Like, right now. 

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Run, do not walk to your nearest theater. Better yet, hop in the car because it’s hot and no one should be outside. Either way, go see Trainwreck. RIGHT NOW. And if you ask nicely and offer to pay for my popcorn, I’ll even go see it with you.

Ummmm that’s all. And happy Tuesday.

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • I went to the movies last night too. However, I ordered Dibs (Nestle crunch ice cream bites because it’s frickin HOT) and did not have reclining chairs.

    I also went and saw Minions because I was with my 6 year old BFF and her mom (also BFF.)

    I MAY TAKE YOUR ADVICE AND SEE TRAINWRECK THIS WEEKEND, OKAY?! okay.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I still want to see both Minions and Inside Out, but totally totally totally you need to see Trainwreck! I might go see it again by myself tomorrow just because it’s SO good.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the movie recommendation – I’ve been so into Amy Schumer lately (my roommate and I watched Youtube clips of her for an hour the other night). I’m not really much of a movie goer but I may have to make an exception for Amy.
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  • I WANT TO GO SEE THIS SO BADLY. Also – I feel like I only ever comment on your posts in caps lock, because you just make me so enthusiastic about things. So this lowercased, regular section is me trying to be normal. (I think I failed.)ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      LITERALLY I WILL GO WITH YOU AGAIN.ReplyCancel

  • I LOVED Trainwreck. So funny! And I seriously wish my theater had those recliners.ReplyCancel

  • Trainwreck is definitely on my to-watch list!!!! So happy you loved it, now I’m more excited to watch it :)ReplyCancel

  • I saw Trainwreck over the weekend and loved it! It was better than I thought it would be and would totally see it again. :)ReplyCancel

  • Totally agree that this was one of the best comedies I’ve seen recently… love love love!ReplyCancel

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HEY-O. It’s Monday. A cold, hard, Monday. Especially cold for me because I don’t have any pants on, but as it’s July in Texas, I assume the outside world is rather warm. 

I have no idea what we’re talking about anymore, but I do know we’re only two sentences in and you’re already picturing me pants-less. Knock it off, pervert.

Friday night I somehow, someway managed to talk Alli into trekking from Dallas to Fort Worth for the 832nd time in her life to join me for a girl’s night. 

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We met up with Katie for am Italian feast followed by ice cream at Melt. All chocolate. All so original.  

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Melt is the kind of shockingly delectable ice cream that melts (get it?!) all over the place and leaves you with sticky ice cream residue from your fingertips to your elbows. Which is handy for a late night snack.

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Saturday I slept in a bit, and then Taylor and I actually spent the day poolside at a friend’s house. I didn’t take any pictures because me in a swimsuit is the equivalent of a blindingly pale wet dog. And then also because iPhones and pools rarely mix. So essentially we have no proof that Saturday even happened. 

Sunday was similar. Except that instead of laying by the pool I laid on the couch with my 53 pound lap dog who LITERALLY THINKS HE RUNS THE SHOW.

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After a solid two hours of morning snuggles, Max got the boot and I proceeded to spend my Sabbath watching nearly all of season 7 of Gilmore Girls. And GAHHH. Season 7 is such a semi-disappointing emotional roller coaster. Lorelai gets married (what), Lorelai gets divorced (thank GOD), Rory graduates Yale (tears), Rory dumps Logan (tears again as I picture Rory’s life as a rich housewife going down the drain). WHAT EVEN IS HAPPENING.

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And I mean, sorry to disappoint, but that was basically it. I also swept my house and went grocery shopping which was a pretty big undertaking, but I didn’t think you wanted to hear about that. Did you? Do you, in the future? Because I give the people what they want. 

Tell me about your weekend GO.

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • I completely started over on my c25k app on Saturday morning. So I have finished Day one so far.

    Sunday I went to the gym for a quick 20 minute bike ride until it was time to drive to Barre class. Natalie, I legit almost passed out. I usually joke around about that from previous classes, but I will never joke about it again. Their air was broken and it was 88 degrees in that room with only one tower fan that swiveled. They had to stop the class 20 minutes early and it was cooler outside than it was inside. Because there was a breeze. Mississippi was still close to 100 degrees yesterday + humidity. I may not survive this summer and I sincerely mean that.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      No, no, no. I can literally count on one hand the amount of times I’ve left my house this summer. I’m considering moving. I CAN’T EVEN DEAL WITH IT.ReplyCancel

  • Come hang out with me at my pool please and thank you I love you goodbye.ReplyCancel

  • Our Sundays were shockingly similar. Couch, dog… yeah, that’s about it. I didn’t even sweep the floor though. haha I did have a pretty awesome Saturday though. We roadtripped it up to St. Louis for a ballgame. Fun fun!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith

    I love your couch!! So comfy looking.ReplyCancel

Confession.

Making the return to this here blogging homeland has put some major pep in my step this week. Knowing that someone besides my mom (a few someones at that!) actually noticed my absence and didn’t care for it makes me feel 403 different kinds of special.

And now it’s FRIDAY! Which just makes everything better. Because that means that Friday Favorites have returned!

1 / Sydney’s Birthday Celebration

Wednesday night I met up with these hot pieces to celebrate Syd’s 27th at Yucatan Taco Stand. There were nachos and margs and sweaty, mile-long hikes to find dessert (#mylife). And any Wednesday that ends in hugs and side-splitting laughter is one for the Instagram.

 

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2 / LOB Inspiration

Y’all. I’ve got the itch. I’ve got it BAD. My hair has been long(ish) for the past few years, and I’m ready for change. I like it well enough, and it’s definitely longer than it’s been in ages, but the last four inches are entirely split ends, and I miss the good old days of easy, breezy, 15 minute hair. So I’m considering the oh-so-popular LOB.

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All those in favor?

All those opposed? 

3 / Buzzfeed’s 18 Times Friends Got Way, Way Too Real

Literally Sobbing. And that’s all I have to say about that.

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4 / Fat Girl Walking – Brittany Gibbons Book Signing

AHHHHH. Last night I had the absolute thrill of attending a book signing/meet-up for Fat Girl Walking by the hilarious Brittany Gibbons. It had been WAY too long since I’d seen Lindsay, so we met up in Fort Worth for the event and spent the evening sipping on white wine, and fan-girling HARD. 

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I’ve been reading Brittany’s blog for years, but in the name of transparency, I have to admit I hadn’t actually read or bought the book before the event. (Literally the worst book-signing etiquette, I KNOW.) But I nabbed it last night, and came home and immediately dove in. I’m happy to say that I’m now over halfway through it and am clinging to every last word. 

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And fun fact of the day, the (stellar) makeup artist I used for my wedding day (and bridal portraits) is the same one who did Brittany’s for her book cover! This essentially means I’m famous. 

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5 / This Week’s Whine About it Wednesday (Why Kids are the Worst)

I literally can’t even with this week’s video. If you’re not already watching…why? I’ve told you once. Now I’m telling you twice. Don’t make me tell you again. Just go.

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And that’s it! We’re done! Quick and painless? No? Anyway, my only plans for this weekend are to eat a really, really good hamburger and possibly drag Taylor to see Trainwreck. Wish me luck. With Taylor, not the hamburger. The hamburger is a sure thing.

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • Okay but really though, last night was the best. For so many reasons.ReplyCancel

  • I’m seeing Trainwrecked tonight! 100% dragging my boyfriend. I feel like amy schumer is my spirit animal. Have a fab weekend!ReplyCancel

  • My weekend plans include eating pizza, taking a barre class, hitting the treadmill tonight and MOST IMPORTANTLY making sure one of my best friends sees Pitch Perfect (the first one). I KNOW.

    She hasn’t seen it so I made a point after Taco Tuesday to run in Target and buy it. I still can’t believe she hasn’t seen it. I also bought an ITunes gift card just so I could download Rihanna’s B*tch betta have my money.

    Hashtag priorities.ReplyCancel

    • Also, I think you would look incredible with a LOB. I’m also considering one for myself. Hair does nothing but look redic these days.ReplyCancel

  • I lobbed post wedding and have been full of regret ever since. that was in December and I am still regretful.ReplyCancel

  • I took the lob plunge and I’ve loved it!!! It’s perfect for summer, but I’ll prob go long again this winter. :)ReplyCancel

  • I love that you are back in action. Please lob all that hair off and let me live through you… I want to, need to, really should, BUT my split ends and I are kinda BFFs.ReplyCancel

  • My hair is now the length of those celebs, but without the awesomeness. LAME. Also that movie looks insanely good and I need to watch it ASAP. Welcome back we missed you:)ReplyCancel

  • I am so glad you are back! My weekend plans are to lay on the couch and watch Twin Peaks on Netflix. Pretty exciting over here!

    And I vote yes to the lob.ReplyCancel

  • Janet

    Yessss for the lob! It would look great on you. Also happy you are back!!ReplyCancel

  • Saskia

    YES to the lob! You should check out Ingrid Nilsen’s latest haircut (who incidentally looks a lot like you so, bonus – you can basically see what you would look like with one!!)ReplyCancel